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Heart-shaped boxes of Valentine chocolates at Granite State Candy Storre in Concord.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

The sweets life

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A week out from Valentine’s Day, milk chocolate double hearts and dark chocolate cupids filled the shelves at Granite State Candy Shoppe in Concord. But in the back room, employees had a different holiday on the brain. One worker was busy filling bunny molds with liquid white chocolate, while another manned a machine that coated marshmallow eggs with dark chocolate. …

4 simple hacks for making a leaner and tastier roast

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In the world of beef roasts, marbling is king. The internal automatic basting power of tiny fat pockets melting into the meat is amazing. So what are the options for roasting healthier, leaner cuts of meat? There’s the pork tenderloin, which is the leanest choice. But it is so mild in flavor that …

Mini lemon curd cups are a fancy, yet simple dessert

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

There is a time and place for a pint of ice cream and a spoon, or for a pile of cookies or box of doughnuts. An Oscars viewing party is neither the time nor the place. This party requires desserts with a bit more panache. Which is why I created these simple lemon …

For a healthier tartlet crust, turn to white bread

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Finger food can be tricky for the healthy eater. Tiny bites that explode with flavor often are loaded with empty calories and little nutrition. If I’m not paying attention at a party, I can easily inhale a day’s …

2 new French restaurants awarded Michelin’s 3 stars

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Two Paris restaurants earn 3 Michelin stars Two of Paris’s ritziest dining establishments received the ultimate consecration Monday when they joined the select list of three-star restaurants in the 2016 Michelin Guide, the little red guide to the great and the good of French gastronomy. Chef Alain Ducasse …

Crust and Crumb will cater the NOFA conference again

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Entering The Crust and Crumb Baking Co. just across from the State House on a January morning, one is greeted by the most pleasant smells. Fresh baked bread sits on a shelf behind the cash register, delicate handmade …

Family of late New Orleans chef Prudhomme donates cookbooks

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The family of the late Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme has donated his extensive cookbook collection to a New Orleans museum dedicated to Southern cuisine. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum said in a statement Monday that Prudhomme’s wife, Lori, donated the approximately 600 cookbooks, as well as wine …

1 dead in listeria outbreak linked to packaged lettuce

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Packaged salads produced at a Dole facility in Ohio are linked to one death in Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC said 12 people in six states have been hospitalized in the outbreak since July after eating salads sold under the names …

Brands flock to Flint to ease water crisis - and soak up the publicity

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It’s the kind of “free” publicity that money can’t buy. With the world’s attention riveted on the spectacle of this beleaguered city in America’s heartland coping with the discovery that its drinking water has contained poison for almost two years, Cher surfaced with a donation of 181,440 17-ounce …

Pass the dogfish nuggets? Seafood industry rebrands ‘trash’

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Call them fish sticks for millennials. At any rate, Dana Bartholomew is banking on college students warming up to “Sharck Bites.” Ipswich Shellfish, of Massachusetts, where Bartholomew oversees sales, is offering that product – nuggets of dogfish coated …

Bipartisan bill revises healthier meal standards in schools

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A bipartisan Senate bill released Monday would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve. School nutrition directors and first lady Michelle Obama could be headed for a truce on healthier meal standards for the …

Staying home on Valentine’s Day is easy with these scallops

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, take a pass on the expected. As in, ditch the restaurant reservations. You’re just going to get overcharged for so-so food, anyway. Instead, stay home and show your loved one how much you care by …

A microwaved muffin in a mug may be just the treat

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I’m not sure how it happened, but the microwave mug muffin is suddenly an internet sensation. I’m a believer in making muffins in large batches and freezing, so I admit I’ve only taken interest in the individually-made microwave …